May 27th, 2023
Bakrid / Eid ul adha ( The festival of sacrifice)
What is Eid ul Adha? And its importance?
Eid Adha is a day of celebration for the Muslims. It is a festival of sacrifice as it is a celebration which highlights the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim’s to conform to the hukm (order) of Allah in sacrificing his son, Ismail . This was a test for him and at the point of sacrifice, Allah replaced the son of Ibrahim with a sheep and instructed him to sacrifice the sheep instead.
The celebration of Eid-ul-Adha is to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim’s devotion to Allah SWT and his readiness to sacrifice his son, Ismail. At the very point of sacrifice, Allah SWT replaced Ismail with a sheep, which was to be slaughtered in place of his son. This command from Allah SWT was a test of Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness and commitment to obey his Lord’s command, without question. Therefore, Eid-ul-Adha means the festival of sacrifice.
Eid al- Adha honors the devotion of Prophet Ibrahim (AS) . He had a vision to sacrifice his son ‘Ismail’ but later was replaced by a sacrifice upon Allah’s order. Therefore, Muslim every year make a sacrifice of either a sheep, or a camel on Eid day and distribute the meat into 3 parts. The meat is distributed among family, relatives and the last part is given to the less fortunate.
How do people celebrate Eid ul adha?
During Eid, you can find people dressed in their finest attire congratulating each other with special Eid greetings and visiting their relatives.
Uḍḥiyyah also known as Qurbanī (Arabic: قربانى) or the sacrificial animal has to meet certain regulations or guidelines in terms of age and features. One person or more can share one sacrifice according to certain rules in order to ease this deed. The more numbers and weights of sacrifices the better it is, as it is going to feed more of the less fortunate people.
Eid ul adha and visitors!
As a visitor you can join in this beautiful and sacred festival , by dressing up in the morning, then to go for prayers with friends or a nearby mosque and pray. After the prayers the Qurbani ( sacrificing) of animal rituals start for 2 days , you can join in that process if you want . And if you are a meat lover then it's heaven for you. As per the guidelines,2 days are allowed and later meat is distributed to neighbors, relatives, and needy people. In this way people remember the Prophet Ibrahim's devotion and obedience towards the god and teaches us the same .
As The God mentions in the Qur'an "The best amoung you are those who fear the god and are pious"